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A large series of T cell clones (TCC) specific for purified protein derivative (PPD) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (total 60) or Toxocara canis excretory/secretory (TES) antigen (total 69) were established from the peripheral blood of two healthy individuals and analyzed for their profile of cytokine production in response to stimulation with either the(More)
The property of 109 CD4+ T cell clones (TCC) to induce IgE synthesis in vitro in human B cells was compared with their ability to produce IL-2, IL-4, and IFN-gamma in their supernatants (SUP) after 24-h stimulation with PHA. A significant positive correlation was found between the property of TCC to induce or enhance spontaneous IgE synthesis and their(More)
We investigated the infection of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC) by hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 5 patients with HCV-related chronic hepatitis. The presence of HCV-RNA-positive and -negative strands was tested with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. In all subjects, HCV-RNA was shown in PBMNC. In 3 cases, HCV-RNA was shown in the T- and(More)
The term chronic autoimmune urticaria (CAIU) is used for chronic urticaria in subjects who present a whealing response to the intradermal injection of autologous serum, suggesting the presence of pathogenic antibody activities. In this study, we examined 28 chronic urticaria subjects with positive autologous serum skin test (ASST), all of whom presented(More)
BACKGROUND In the last years, immediate reactions to quinolone antibiotics have been observed with increasing frequency, mainly urticaria, angioedema, and shock. No test was available because of the high incidence of false-positive results on skin tests. Thus the pathogenesis, value of diagnostic procedures, and cross-reactivity have not been evaluated in a(More)
The cytolytic potential of a total number of 118 CD4+ human T cell clones specific for purified protein derivative (PPD) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, tetanus toxoid, Lolium perenne group I allergen (Lol p I), Poa pratensis group IX allergen (Poa p IX), or Toxocara canis excretory/secretory antigen(s) (TES) was assessed by both a lectin (PHA)-dependent(More)
A total number of 132 T cell clones (TCC) were obtained by PHA-stimulation of single T cells from mononuclear cell suspensions of conjunctival flogistic infiltrates of three patients with vernal conjunctivitis (VC). The phenotype and functional properties of these TCC were compared with those of 122 TCC contemporarily established from PB mononuclear cell(More)
Human bone marrow (BM) cells lacking T- and B-cell markers expressed RNA encoding interleukin (IL) 4 and secreted detectable amounts of IL-4 in supernatants in response to Fc epsilon or Fc gamma receptor (Fc epsilon R or Fc gamma R) cross-linking. In some experiments, IL-5 RNA expression in response to Fc epsilon R cross-linkage could also be detected. In(More)
BACKGROUND Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) proved effective and safe in respiratory allergy, and thus its use in hymenoptera allergy can be hypothesized. OBJECTIVE We sought to assess, in a proof-of-concept study, whether SLIT might potentially be beneficial in hymenoptera allergy. The sting challenge in large local reactions (LLRs) was used to test this(More)